Rockford Ace Hardware has been in business for over 80 years. Rockford Hardware was started in 1928 and has progressed to Rockford Ace Hardware. We are affiliated with Ace Hardware Corporation based in Oak Brook, IL, which is a retailer-owned hardware wholesaler that began operation in 1924, started by four independent Chicago Area retailers.
These four retailers made a decision that they could be more productive and competitive working together rather than separately. Today, Ace Hardware Corporation, headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, is an international retail support company. Ace provides over 3 billion dollars in wholesale and retail merchandise annually and has approximately 4,600 locations worldwide.
Rockford Ace Hardware was originally located in downtown Rockford and was founded by Dick Kuieck. In 1966, the store was purchased by Jay Kuieck and Charlie Eilander. Rockford Hardware did not change much during the past 55 years; however, in 1983 the store was bought by Pete and Amy Kruer.
Progress was the norm from that time on. In 1986, Rockford Hardware became Rockford Ace Hardware. Over the past twenty five years, the retail square footage expanded from 2500 to 8500! In 1997, Rockford Ace Hardware moved to the present facility on Northland Drive.